Now for something totally different


I don’t know why this impacted me so much today. But I feel that it needs to be told.

I wondered why there was so much cancer in babies and young children and other ‘diseases’ and this answered some of the many questions I had. I recycle and stuff, but this goes way beyond the reduce reuse and recycle, re-purposing and all of that. Everyone has to make their own decision about their own lives and those lives around them. I want this blog to be about family, about past, present and future family.

Will I still feel this way in a week, a month, next year?

This talks about past family lives, my present family life and the lives of the future of my grandchildren, those sweet, young, laughter filled smiling faces.

I just watched this show. I typically don’t like boring documentaries unless it is about something I knew about as a kid. Yes, I was planning to take a nap, and I watched half of it fell asleep, and then woke up and was watching the second half of it. I try to do what I can about the environment – but this documentary went beyond the normal reduce reuse recycle blah blah blah. This was very well done, It was not preaching, or forcing ideas and theories upon you or regurgitating other peoples thoughts.
I know from now on I will not buy the dollar store toys like I have, and I will try to use glass and metal as much as possible. I already don’t justify a big store bag for one or 3 items. This really made me think about the health of my grandchildren and gave me answers as to why I hear of babies and toddlers with cancer and young people with compromised immune systems. Then there is the thermal receipts you have to make copies of for your business, the ones that you can’t keep because the ink fades off of it very fast, and how the BPA in it is absorbed into your body immediately.
If ACC and SPI won’t take responsibility, then I will do my best to use as little plastic as possible, but it is going to be tough. How do Jewish people stay kosher with all of the plastic in nearly everything we use as consumers? What is the truth? If money and comfortable-ness, and jobs were not affected, what would the answer be?

I just finished cleaning and was thinking about this and noticing how much in my own 100 year old home is plastic, from the electrical outlets to the computer I am using, and just the everyday items. Then I thought about the hospitals and doctors offices that use plastic, we couldn’t be cared for or fight diseases like we can without plastic of some kind. So what is the answer? Maybe make plastics that do not have harmful chemicals in them? I just don’t know.


So who is that in the photo in the background we see?


The Clarke Reunion.

No date, only a couple of names.

It’s one of those photos that you have in a stack of photos of family and you know which side of the family they belong to, but there is no one to ask or that knows who the people are.

Do you recognize anyone in the photo? Do you have a similar or exact photo like it at home? Contact me. We are most likely related.

I know one person is Uncle Charlie Clarke.

That is why it is so important that we, right now, put names on the photos we have. We may know who they are today, but in 20 years will we really know who everyone is and how they are related or the situation/reason the photo was taken? What about those photos of your parents? Do your parents have them all named and where they are and the date of them?

Remember, 3 generations and the memories and names and stories are usually gone.

Holidays ~ Summer ~ Vacations ~ Family Reunions



Now is the time to get that digital recorder, tape recorder, notebook and pen and pencils.

Family is going to get together, those special times you are spending with your own family ~write it down~

Take photos – but put names on photos. Copy on copy paper, those photos you have and take with you, so your relatives can identify them for you and that way you keep the originals at home.

Same for letters you might have or other documents, take copies of them to take with you and share and then record or write down the stories and identifications and history that goes along with them.

Where were they taken, written from/to, who do they pertain to, what is the circumstance for the photo or letter or document, which family do they belong to. What else do you know about the situation regarding the photo, letters or documents?

Have fun, makes some calls ahead of time with people you are going to see. Keep those connections open before you see them, you may be surprised at what you can find out about your own family.



Brick Walls, Dead Ends and Getting Stuck in the Mud


You are on a roll and finding all kinds of information and then all of a sudden, Nothing. You can’t find anything anywhere. You have written to everyone that you can think of, you have called every place and everyone you can, and you have emailed and searched on-line all resources possible and still nothing. What to do now, you know your ancestor didn’t just appear out of thin air. There are clues to where you can search, but not one thing is turning up.

Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait. Sometimes you have to accept that there is nothing there to find, at least right now. You may have to wait for a couple of years before anything shows up, or even longer. Perhaps this is one mystery that won’t be solved.

Leave it alone and go to another relative. It is okay if you don’t find anything. Over the course of time documents and books and records get destroyed by insects, fire, floods, mice, thrown away or even put in a ‘safe’ place that doesn’t make any sense at all that it is there.

More and more records and documents are being digitized and perhaps something that has been on a dusty shelf in a basement somewhere will soon be digitized. We have a relative that has several books and documents that prove he came from Scotland, but finding anything about that relative on a ship manifest to America just isn’t there. Many ship manifests were sunken with the ship, or other fires and floods destroyed them.

Make sure you document what you know about you and your parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles, even your own siblings. The more that you document, the more your descendants won’t be hitting the brick walls, dead ends and getting stuck in the mud.

Next week I will try to give a good account of 3rd generations, what we know today is usually lost by the 4th generation. One example of this was my cousins grandchildren didn’t know who our grandparents were. I was shocked, because I always had photos of them and told my children about them. But here were some great grandchildren that didn’t know the stories and their lives. I guess I had better get busy and write down more stories about grandma gripping the seat of the car her son was driving at 35mph because it was too fast for her! or her kicking the rocks out of the road while she was a passenger, or pushing on the brakes – My uncle used to tell her, “Mom, you’re going to wear a hole in the floorboard if you don’t quit trying to step on the brakes”. Laughing as he spoke, All in fun.